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Happy At The Doctor's Appointment

Saturday, January 18, 2014

You know, I didn't expect to be happy after a doctor's office visit. But, ever since my three (yes 3) different trips to a new facility, I am finding myself quite pleased.

Maybe it's just me, but I liked my physicians to speak well of me or to be complimentary about my health. When I was sparking before and was 50+ pounds down, I knew my doctor would beam. She did. After my husband selected a new physician and really liked him, I decided to follow suit, and while hubby said that this doctor was a "nice guy", I was worried. Not every doctor seems to like having a fat patient. Some are rude, some are condescending and some just seem disgusted by fat. Also, I haven't had a male doctor in....
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Gosh, I think my last one was my pediatrician and as I'm 53, you can imagine that was a loooong time ago.

My fears were completely unfounded. First, instead of going to a main (very large) Kaiser facility, I chose a small medical complex near my work. Everyone who worked there, from the reception staff to the nurses and the pharmacy workers were so much friendlier and far more helpful than I have experienced at the main facility. Second, you can't get lost in this place - you walk in the door and pharmacy is to your right, X-ray/Lab is in front of you, all the doctor's offices are upstairs. Easy Peasy. Ok, their hours are a bit limited and wonky, but I can deal with that.

The intake nurse was kind and friendly and offered to put her hand over the scale if I "Didn't want to know." I just laughed and said, "I'm pretty self-aware, but thanks!" I knew from his online photo that my doctor would be young, but I didn't expect him to be so gentle... I mean that is the only word I can use. He spoke softly, he examined me carefully and thoughtfully, and he spoke to me with great respect. He noted my prior successes with weight loss and fitness and said, "I am sure you will be successful again. Your muscle tone is still good, as is your flexibility. That is excellent. You are exercising and tracking your food, also excellent. If I can help in any way, please let me know. Oh, and here is a booklet with all sorts of classes we offer. You pay for them with your premiums, so I say take advantage of all you can." Ummmm.... wow.
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I've still got tests to go. I have a little finger that started curling about two years ago and I don't know why, but I can't straighten it. Fortunately x-rays show the joint is in good shape. Still, before he refers me to a hand specialist, he is doing labs next week to check for rheumatoid arthritis. I think that isn't likely, but better to know. And, he was concerned about my gait, particularly post falling last month. He said my hips are "off", with the right side being higher than the left. We've done x-rays and he wants me to go to physical therapy. The hand, well it may require surgery. But, my new job gives me summers off so that will be a good time, if I have an extended recovery to deal with.

All in all, a successful visit and I'm really more inclined to self-care once someone has been so thoughtful. I am sure some people prefer a more 'bootcamp' approach by a doctor, but shaming and scolding don't work for me. I get enough of that from my crazy new boss.

Here's to a healthy 2014.
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  • AJDOVER1
    That sounds great! A healthy 2014 is a wonderful wish for all of us.
    2667 days ago
  • CARRILU
    How nice. It is a relationship for sure and there are some "fits' and some not so much..... It is nice to hear that some practitioners are still inherently healers and treat others with that in mind. Of course you deserve the very best. emoticon
    2667 days ago
  • MORTICIAADDAMS
    No bootcamp doctors for me either. I prefer the doctors and clinics like this too. Small is better. Gentle is better. He sounds very thorough too which is a bonus. I probably will have to look for a new doctor soon and hope I do as well.
    2667 days ago
  • LKG9999
    A number of years ago I saw a rheumotologist(sp?) who told me that "studies have shown that people who are publicly humiliated are more likely to lose weight and keep it off." I nicknamed her Dr.Codfish for her blunt, unsympathetic attitude, and needless to say did not continue to see her.

    Finding a kind, patient doctor is a rarity these days. So happy that you have found a good one, he's sounds like he'll be a good coach and mentor on your health and weight loss journey!
    2667 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/18/2014 5:36:10 PM
  • BETHGILLIGAN
    We have gone to Kaiser for over 20 years and have always been very happy with it. In those 20 years I think I've had 3 doctors and have really liked every one of them. We go to a smaller facility, too, and I find everyone to be friendly and helpful (except one receptionist). We have always received great care. I just got word that my current PCP is leaving at the end of this month and I'm feeling sad and apprehensive about this. He just seemed to "get me" but I said that about the previous two. So glad it was a good experience!
    2667 days ago
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